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January 8, 2014

Implementing a cloud disaster recovery solution: strategies and considerations

What should you consider before using the cloud for disaster recovery? Martin Welsh and Patricia Palacio provide some guidance.

Recovery challenges

Whatever the company size or industry, the truth is that your business can't afford downtime but traditional DR strategy investments have been difficult to justify. The majority of organizations attempt to protect only mission critical applications, leaving second-tier, but still valuable, systems vulnerable to extended outages. It's hard to justify improving your disaster recovery capabilities when you're under pressure to cut IT costs and when DR is seen as an expensive insurance policy.

The major challenges faced when planning your disaster recovery strategies are:

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